warg

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Reintroduced by JRR Tolkien, from Old Norse vargr (wolf); compare also Old English wearg.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

warg (plural wargs)

  1. (fantasy fiction, mythology) A type of particularly wild or hostile wolf. [from 20th c.]
    • 1937, J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit:
      Every now and then all the Wargs in the circle would answer their grey chief all together [...].
    • 1993, "jbatka", Multiple colors for PC compatible (on newsgroup rec.hack)
      My question is do all of the executable versions for PC compatibles have the color option enabled? If so, what am I missing to not get say yellow for a hill orc, grey for a goblin, white for my pet, red for a wolf, brown for a warg, etc?
    • 1999, George R. R. Martin, A Clash of Kings, Bantam 2011, p. 462:
      He'd bought a ton of silver to forge magic swords that would slay the Stark wargs.
    • 2007, Stephen O Glosecki, Myth in Northwest Europe:
      The monsters are identified not as trolls, a word apparently not available in English at the time, but (among other things) as wargs, whatever that means; Grendel is called a heoro-wearh at line 1267 and his mother a grund-wyrgen at line 1518.